2017 Reykjavik Open finishes on Canadian note
2017 Reykjavik Open
The 2017 edition of the Reykjavik Open came to an end earlier today. Always one of the world’s strongest Open tournaments, this time Dutch superstar Giri ran away with the event scoring an impressive 8.5 points from 10 games. Congrats!
This year’s edition attracted some 266 participants from 40 countries. This included 33 Grandmasters and 24 IMs. Top seed was 22-year old Anish Giri (Holland), who also won the event!
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Canadians do well in Reykjavik!
With 15 representatives from Canada, only India and the US fielded more players. Veterans Leon Piasetski ,Peter Murray and Victor Plotkin lead the ‘team’, but it was Aman Hambleton and Michael Kleinman who had the most successful tournaments. Hambleton won his 2nd GM-norm – while Kleinman won his 1st IM-norm – scoring 7 pts and 6.5 pts respectively. Congrats to both !
Hambleton’s best game!
Apart from gaining 25 elo points, Aman achieved a difficult 2619 performance rating, which included 7 grandmaster opponents. Note worthy was his victory over superGM Alexi Shirov with the Black pieces
GM Shirov,A – IM Hambleton,A Reykjavik 2017.4.21
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To be continued…
Photos by Victoria Jung-Doknjas